22nd September 2012

Stewart Whitlie Wins and Carnethy Ladies have a Clean Sweep at the Two Breweries

Jamins Running off Whitelaw Hill 2 Breweries 2 Breweries 2 Breweries 2 Breweries 2 Breweries 2 Breweries
On a perfect hill running day Stewart Whitlie won the Two Breweries and just about every category apart from MV60. The Carnethy Ladies were 1,2,3,4 with great runs from Jasmin Paris, Charlotte Morgan, Helen Bonsor and Jill Mykura. Also Carnethy won the Mens and Ladies team prizes.
My main ambition was to DNF, but I was thwarted by running too fast, and improved on last year's time by 10mins. In a languid start Willy passed me early on, but then decided to recreate routes of yesteryear, and some miles later I was surprised to find him behind me, catching up fast, as was JBF who had followed him. It was then a cat and mouse game with Aurore and Karen, who kept getting ahead by running faster, and then getting behind by poor or mistaken route choices. Our legs were on the verge of cramping all the way from the stile to the finish. Muscles I never knew existed made themselves known. But we made it, and were mighty pleased. More so than a disgruntled american runner who derided our drinks stations for not having electrolytes on offer, and who said she had not run in an undeveloped country before. I beat her, so perhaps she had a point; her performance was obviously severely impaired by our shabby attempt at nourishment. She really should have had some of the dolly mixtures on offer - fell running's finest food - I did try to suggest having some, but they were apparently invisible, or not electric enough.
Best of all though I finished with the car key I started with! More Photos here.
Another superb day in the Borders for the 29th running of the Two Breweries. A misty morning gave way to a glorious day on the hill for competitors and marshalls alike.
One of the best races we have ever organised, from the numerous marshalls on the hill, to Elsie and Bärbel in the kitchen, the whole race went like clockwork. The same could be said for our winner Stewarrt Whitlie who finished strongly to come home first on his own this year, having shared he spoils with Mark Harris (2nd) last year. First lady was Jasmin Paris, with first V40/V50 being... you guessed it - that man Whitlie again. I really must look at his birth certificate!
Many thanks to the Moffat Mountain Rescue and all the marshalls who gave up their day to ensure runers safety on the hill. I'll be writing to SHR about the runner who caused a real problem to marshalls and MMR by running without a number, causing a safety count upset on the first few hills. Even he cannot detract from the excellent job by all to ensure we were aware of the odd retiral or temporary misplaced person.
Our thanks to the Landowners and of course the two breweries for the support we receive, and a special thank you to Rhonda at Broughton and friends for all the pre-race help and then spending the day handing out free beer to the runners.
Once again our sincere thanks to all for making this race so special. Roll on the 30th anniversary next year.
Peter, Elsie and the TBHR Team

Pete Baxter

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